Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake

All the Mexican flavor without the fat or guilt!  My Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake just might be your new favorite.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

Big surprise but today just happens to be one of my favorite holidays.   I mean seriously ANY excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas is good with me!

In honor of the holiday I thought I’d share a new health-i-fied Mexican dish today.  I’m even busting back out the Crock Pot for you.  It may or may not be the last time of the season.  We shall see 🙂

I’m calling it Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake!  I wanted to add smoky chipolte in the title too…. but alas I decided that was a bit too wordy.  But never fear, it IS smoky and chipolte flavored.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

The smoky flavor comes from adding a chipote in adobe sauce!  They are a little spicy so add as much or as little as you can handle.  The flavor is incredible though.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

My Mexican Quinoa Bake is super versatile.  You can can just scoup it out and eat it as a main dish with toppings.

Or you can use it as a taco or burrito filling.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

My favorite way is with fresh tomato, green onion, cilantro AND fresh sliced avocado! I mean how can you go wrong here?

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

The quinoa and beans make a complete protein and the veggies add plenty of healthy benefits.  It has all the good Mexican flavors but without any of the guilt!

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

Enjoy on Cinco de Mayo or any day!

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  1. Mary Ramirez February 9, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

    This was amazing! I served it in tortillas drizzled with enchilada sauce and sour cream on the side. My meat eating friends were blown away and never missed the meat. If I were making it just for myself, I would add much more chipotle pepper but using just one was safer for everyone’s palate. Definitely a keeper.

    • JulieWunder February 9, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Mary Ramirez February 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    ONE chipotle? Or one can????

  3. I never thought to make quinoa in the crockpot! Definitely want to try that…we love Mexican food here too!
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  4. Loving this vegetarian meal – so easy and has ALL of my favorites 🙂 Definitely something I could eat on at every meal and day after day without getting bored with it. So many topping and serving options – yum!
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    • JulieWunder May 14, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thank you! It’s such an easy dish to have in your arsenal too.

  5. GiGi Eats May 10, 2016 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Avocados are just the best. I don’t know I lived my life for so long WITHOUT THEM! HA! Now I can barely go 2 days without them!
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    • JulieWunder May 14, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

      I feel the same way. I’ve been a little avocado crazy lately.

  6. Miz Helen May 10, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Easy and Flavorful that is my kind of recipe, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
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  7. Sharon May 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Are you sure on the serving size? My daughter made this it’s really good however there is a huge amount of good.

  8. Farrah May 7, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Ah, you know I love healthy crockpot recipes–this looks amazing! :D!! I love all the colors!

  9. Annmarie May 6, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    This looks fantastic! Love that you used quinoa!
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  10. [email protected] May 5, 2016 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Yum! This dish sounds delicious. I love Mexican food so when there is a way to make it a bit healthier I like it even more.
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  11. Lex @ Flecksoflex May 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    This looks and sounds so good! I love experimenting with different Latin flavors/spices, and LOVE that you added cilantro. It’s one of my favorites! If you have leftover cilantro and lime, you can make a nice, refreshing drink by adding a little of each to your water. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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  12. Christina Bauer May 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I’m totally saving this recipe!! What a great, easy way to get a healthy and flavorful dinner on the table 🙂
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  13. Carmy May 5, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious!! I didn’t have anything in particular to celebrate but I did have some grilled cheese haha
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  14. rachel @ athletic avocado May 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    i totally forgot about my crockpot! I need to break that out again. This looks so delicious and simple, perfect for today 🙂
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    • JulieWunder May 9, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Oh I never forget about my Crock Pot :-)) Hope you are having a nice Monday!!

  15. Susie @ Suzlyfe May 5, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I will likely be having yogurt or something equally hilarious for dinner tonight (thank you, moving), but I do have a jar of salsa that I could take a spoon to in honor of the holiday. This looks great!

    • JulieWunder May 9, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hope you can settle in this week and get back to normal.

  16. Mary Jean Henson May 5, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Am making this today!

  17. I literally made almost the same exact thing last night in a skillet! Great minds think alike it was delish!
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  18. Marilyn May 5, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Making this asap! Looks awesome!

  19. Blane Sherer May 5, 2016 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I thought you would have a Cinco De Mayo
    recipe today ( smile )

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